Ortwein leads Lions 4-2 in final series . . .

Maxime Bazinet attempts a steal for a goal earlier in the season against the Panthers in this southdundasinbox file photo . . .
Maxime Bazinet attempts a steal for a goal earlier in the season against the Panthers in this southdundasinbox file photo . . .

Saturday, Mar. 23rd - Brody Ortwein led the South Dundas Novice B House Lions to a Game 3 victory in Kemptville on Saturday morning. Ortwein set up Carter Froats on the Lion’s opening goal to tie the score at one each. He then scored a goal  just thirty seconds later to give South Dundas a 2-1 lead. After the Panther’s clawed their way back to tie it again, Ortwein and Maxime Bazinet  set-up Ethan Nelson for the game winner with four minutes remaining in the final period.

        Lion’s Coach Joe McCooeye included affiliate players Carter Froats and Ethan Nelson in his line-up for this game, a move that proved the right thing to do. The two Novice C-1 players had led their team to the League Championship the previous evening on the very ice the Novice B Lions would be playing on Saturday morning. Both Froats and Nelson (a 100+ point scorer on the season) scored a a goal and added an assist for two points in the game.

       The Panthers took the initial lead in this one, that after a scoreless opening period. Luke Veilleux and Collen Helem sent Zach Anderson into the front of the Lion’s net with the puck. Anderson is a sharp-shooter who can score and he did, the single goal netted in the middle period of this game, for the 1-0 lead.

        Early in the final period the Lions roared back with Froats tying the game on the Jeremy Barkley/Ortwein feed. Thirty seconds elapsed before Ortwein gave the Lions the lead  on a Froats/Nelson play. Two minutes passed with both teams racing up and down the ice and Zach Davidson striking again to tie the game for the Panthers on a Cullen Helem assist. Both teams were bent on taking this game, playing great hockey!

        Ethan Nelson put the Lions up by a single with the game’s winning goal two minutes following Anderson’s second when he finished the Bazinet/Ortwein play for a 3-2 lead. And Daymon Julien and Declan Kelly combined with Brenna McCooeye for the final goal of the game when McCooeye rifled a shot past Panther’s netminder Braden Jordan for the insurance counter.

        The Lions lead the final series on a 4-2 points score, and play Game 4 at Morrisburg Arena on Tuesday evening, Mar. 26th  at 6:00 p.m. The Lion’s team welcomes any and all fans to attend and help their efforts to bring another championship in the Novice hockey ranks to South Dundas.


Novice B's even, returning to Kemptville . . .

Ethan Nelson, knocked off his feet by a Panther's defender, slides toward the net still determined to get a shot away . . .
Ethan Nelson, knocked off his feet by a Panther's defender, slides toward the net still determined to get a shot away . . .

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - Coach Joe McCooeye’s Novice B House Lions came back to even their final series with the Kemptville Panthers at Morrisburg Arena Tuesday evening, scoring a very close 2-1 victory. The two teams have each won a game. The Lions faced down a tough and determined Kemptville effort backed by some strong goaltending on the part of Panther’s netminder Braden Jordan.

        The score may have been slightly different had the visiting Panthers not put in the checking effort they did. Several times through the game the Lion’s swift playmaker, Grayson Cassleman, and speedster, Brody Ortwein, were turned away at the edge of the crease. Affiliate import Ethan Nelson, who scored the game’s first goal, had several chances erased at the last moment when he was taken off stride by Panthers defenders.

 

Grayson Cassleman turned away on this scoring attempt  . . .
Grayson Cassleman turned away on this scoring attempt . . .

        At the other end of the ice the Lions defence played a near flawless game combined with great goaltending by Liam Barkley in shutting down the Kemptville offence. 

        Early in the opening period it was Nelson who caught the Panthers flat-footed, raced in on the net and fired home the game’s opening goal. The unassisted play was the only goal of the period.

        In the middle frame the Panthers put on a relentless drive and the Lions steadily defended their zone. As the attack wore down the home team the Panther’s Cole Duncan raced across the blue line, fed the puck to Evan Barkley and a quick wrist shot beat the Lion’s Liam Barkley for the visitors only goal of the game.

        Most of the final period was played between the blue lines with both teams working to get the break and in turn break the tie. The Lions gained the opportunity when Grayson Cassleman stole the puck in the Panthers zone. Cassleman kicked the puck back toward the blue line where Declan Kelly had time to wind up and unleash a rocket that beat goaltender Jordan to the bottom left corner, scoring the tie breaking and game winning goal for the Lions in front of the largest crowd of the season. The Panthers never recovered.

        The Novice B Lions play their next home game at Kemptville on Saturday, Mar. 23rd at 10:30 a.m., so if you are in the neighborhood and have an encouraging voice to lend these young South Dundas players, they could use, and appreciate your help . . .


Lions drop opener to hungry Panthers . . .

Novice B House Lions' Brenna McCooeye and Grayson Casselman support netminder Liam Barkley on this Panther's scoring attempt at Kemtptville on Monday evening . . .

 

Monday, Mar. 18th - South Dundas’ Novice B Lions dropped the opening game of their final series to the Kemptville Panthers on Monday evening at Kemptville in a very tight checking kind of game. Both teams gained ample opportunity to get the puck to the front of the net and both teams closed any possible shooting opportunities by crowding the same space before the opposition could get a shot of any value off.

        The Lions Grayson Casselman, covered with a blanket of checkers throughout this game, managed to break free late in the opening period, snare a great pass from Daymon Julien and beat Braden Jordan in the Panther’s net for a 1-0 South Dundas lead. It was the only goal scored in this frame.

        In a back and forth middle period the scoring burst open for a single minute when the Panther’s Cole Duncan combined with Rhys Anderson to even the count at one each with slightly more than a minute remaining. Kane Casselman put the Lions up by a single when he fired a Brody Ortwein setup home and have the Lions grab the lead once again. Before the final buzzer sounded Cullen Helem and Zachary Davidson combined to beat Liam Barkley to sustain the tie at the close of the period.

        Third period action saw the home team Panthers Davidson score early, giving the Panthers the lead for the first time in the game. Zach Davidson raced down the right side with Rhys Anderson providing the setup and fired a shot that slipped over netminder Liam Barkley's shoulder. Kemptville went up 3-2 with nine minutes remaining in the game.

        As the clock wound down the Lions hammered away at the Panthers defence, challenged netminder Jordan on several great chances and were turned away each time an opportunity presented itself. Kemptville posted the 3-2 victory on this game, taking a 2-0 points lead in the ‘first to 5-points’ final series.

        Game 2 of the series will be at Morrisburg Arena on Tuesday, Mar. 19th at 6:00 p.m. Fans are urged to come out and cheer on our Lions.


Novice B's one point away from final . . .

Lion's netminder Liam Barkley kicks out this shot in the final period of Tuesday night's action . . .
Lion's netminder Liam Barkley kicks out this shot in the final period of Tuesday night's action . . .

Monday, Mar. 18th - South Dundas’ Novice B Lions dropped the opening game of their final series to the Kemptville Panthers on Monday evening at Kemptville in a very tight checking kind of game. Both teams gained ample opportunity to get the puck to the front of the net and both teams closed any possible shooting opportunities by crowding the same space before the opposition could get a shot of any value off.

        The Lions Grayson Casselman, covered with a blanket of checkers throughout this game, managed to break free late in the opening period, snare a great pass from Daymon Julien and beat Braden Jordan in the Panther’s net for a 1-0 South Dundas lead. It was the only goal scored in this frame.

        In a back and forth middle period the scoring burst open for a single minute when the Panther’s Cole Duncan combined with Rhys Anderson to even the count at one each with slightly more than a minute remaining. Kane Casselman put the Lions up by a single when he fired a Brody Ortwein setup home and have the Lions grab the lead once again. Before the final buzzer sounded Cullen Helem and Zachary Davidson combined to beat Liam Barkley to sustain the tie at the close of the period.

        Third period action saw the home team Panthers Davidson score early, giving the Panthers the lead for the first time in the game. Zach Davidson raced down the right side with Rhys Anderson providing the setup and fired a shot that slipped over netminder Liam Barkley's shoulder. Kemptville went up 3-2 with nine minutes remaining in the game.

        As the clock wound down the Lions hammered away at the Panthers defence, challenged netminder Jordan on several great chances and were turned away each time an opportunity presented itself. Kemptville posted the 3-2 victory on this game, taking a 2-0 points lead in the ‘first to 5-points’ final series.

        Game 2 of the series will be at Morrisburg Arena on Tuesday, Mar. 19th at 6:00 p.m. Fans are urged to come out and cheer on our Lions.

Tuesday, Mar. 5th - South Dundas’ Novice B House Lions are travelling to Kemptville this evening to play the Panthers in their bid to become the community’s second team to make the final round of playoff action in pursuit of a Championship banner. The Novice B Lions finished in 2nd-place in the regular season and eliminated South Grenville on 7-1 and 4-0 scores in the opening play-off round. Kemptville B-2, who finished in 3rd-place over the regular season, bounced the Leeds Chargers in their 1st-round on 8-0 and 4-2 scores.

        On Tuesday evening at Morrisburg Arena the South Dundas team scored goals in the first and second periods and then played under a defensive shell, barely allowing the visitors a shot on net. Playing a tight checking game the Panthers were frustrated time and time again at the Lion’s blue line, although so too were the Lions scorers. 

        Ethan Nelson, who had been brought up as an affiliate for the game appeared very comfortable after some opening period jitters, gaining the Panther’s zone several times over the second and third frames and registering more than a half dozen good shots on Kemptville netminder Carter Cheesman. The Panther's Cheesman won that battle.

        Grayson Casselman was again the big gun in this one, scoring the game’s opening goal and then setting up the winning counter for his line-mate Kane Casselman, another Lion’s sharpshooter who understands where to be when the opportunity for a goal presents itself.

        Through the opening period the Lions forced the play into the Panther’s zone and kept it there. South Dundas netminder, Liam Barkley, faced no shots in the opening period, and in the final frame came through with several huge saves to stave off a late threat by Kemptville.

        Grayson Casselman opened the scoring when he fired a wrist shot from very deep on the right side of the Panther’s net that bounced off Cheesman’s arm and into the goal. Logan Veerman and Ethan Nelson drew assists on the play.

        Cameron Bruneau tied the game when he cracked Barkley’s shut-out bid in the middle period, scoring against the Lions on a Ty Patterson set-up. Prior to the period ending Grayson Casselman slid across the Panther’s blue line, side-stepped the defence and whistled a shot that Cheesman did get a piece of. However, Kane Casselman was on the edge of the crease, his stick on the puck, his eyes like a hungry Lion’s glued to his target, and Cheesman was beaten for the winning counter. 

        Throughout the final period South Dundas was content to cloak their zone in a defensive blanket, the few times the Panthers did break through were met by Barkley’s strong performance between the pipes. The game closed in a 2-1 Lion’s victory.

        Stay posted for Game 2 results . . . 


B-House Lions thrash Rangers . . .

Lion's Grayson Casselman keeping his focus on the puck . . .
Lion's Grayson Casselman keeping his focus on the puck . . .

Thursday, Feb. 28th - Focused players bring their game up a level come playoff time. They love the game of hockey. Fans can see it in their play, their statistics and on their very faces. And fortunate for local fans, it would appear the Novice B House Lions is a focused team.

        Opening their 1st-round of playoff action against the South Grenville Rangers on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena Coach Joe McCooeye directed a powerful offence and a take-no-prisoners defence in a 7-1 lopsided victory over those Rangers.

        Following a scoreless opening period the Lions roared to life in the middle frame with a pair of goals. Brody Ortwein scored three minutes into the period when Maxime Bazinet fed him a great set-up pass. The two reversed the scenario on the final goal of the game with Bazinet scoring to total a pair of points. Ortwein would go on to tally three points on the night with a pair of goals and an assist.

        Before the second period ended Grayson Casselman snapped the puck behind Rangers netminder Clarke Cole, the start of Cassleman scoring three times for the hattrick before the game ended. In the 5-goal outburst by the Lions in the final period Casselman had a pair, Ortwein his second, Bazinet one and defenceman Damon Julien one. Julien netted an assist on one of Casselman’s goals, Declan Kelly registered a helper on the other of Casselman’s counters and Ortwein posted the final assist of the night on the Bazinet goal.

        The Novice Lions lost focus for the few seconds required for the Rangers to score their single goal in this game. Crook James battled his way into the Lion’s zone and set up Dowdell Brock for a shot that slid past Liam Barkley in the Lion’s net. 

        Quickly regaining their focus the Lions scored three times in just 47 seconds. The two teams play their second game on Friday evening at Spencerville at 6:00 p.m.

An exercise in skills vs the Braves . . .

Brody Ortwein (red helmet) and Daymon Julien (27) attempt to hammer the puck past the Braves netminder, Cowan Bowker in  Tuesday evenings game at Morrisburg Arena . . .

 

Tuesday, Feb. 19th - For Novice B House Lions’ netminder Liam Barkley, it was another shutout game. For Grayson Casselman it was another hat-trick. For the balance of the 2nd-place finishing Novice B House team, each registered at least one point in a skills sharpening tune-up game against the last place Brockville Braves. The Novice B House team closes their season officially on Saturday, Feb. 23rd, Lion's Day at Morrisburg Arena, in a game against the 4th-place North Dundas Demons.

        The Lions burst out of the gate in this game, running up five goals in the opening period, slowing the game in the middle stanza and then turning it on again in the closing 15 minutes for three more goals. And an 8-0 victory.

        Daymon Julien opened the game scoring with an unassisted counter less than one minute into the 1st-period. Grayson Cassleman added the next two, the first unassisted and the second on a set-up from Maxime Bazinet. The Lions went up 4-0 when Bazinet scored and Kane Casselman closed the 1st-period scoring at 5-0 on a pass from Jeremy Barkley.

        Logan Veerman, Bazinet and Casselman each scored single goals in the final period with Veerman and Brody Ortwein drawing single assists each.


Lions vs the other Panthers for 2nd . . .

Sunday, Feb. 17th - There is no doubt the Kemptville B-1 Panthers are taking the regular season title in the Novice B division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. They are in 1st-place with 46 points, and have three games remaining. The South Dundas Lions, who ran neck and neck with those same Panthers throughout the regular season, have a single game remaining, and are in 2nd-place with 40 points. 

        Hot on the heals of the Lions is 3rd-place is the Kemptville B-2 Panther’s team, also with a single game remaining in the regular schedule and with 39 points. On Saturday this week the two teams finalize their regular season with the Lions meeting the 4th-place North Dundas Demons at Morrisburg and the Panthers meeting the 6th-place Leeds Chargers.

        Declan Kelly led the Lions on Sunday afternoon at Athens in a 6-0 pounding of the Chargers. Kelly scored a hat-trick in the final period, one unassisted and the last two arranged by Grayson Casselman for a pair of assists. Casselman had scored a single goal late in the middle period for a three point night.

        Neither team managed a point in the opening period but the Lions opened it up in the last two frames with three goals in each. Kane Casselman continued his hot scoring pace when he closed on a Damon Julien play late in the middle frame. Grayson Casselman and Brody Ortwein added second period goals for a 3-0 lead. Declan Kelly’s hat-trick doubled the goal count for the 6-0 victory.

        South Dundas plays their final home game on Saturday morning at the Lion’s Day celebrations on Feb. 23rd at 9:30 a.m. against the North Dundas Demons. Should be a great game.


Cheesman leads Panthers in 4-3 win . . .

Novice B House affiliate Ethan Nelson is turned away by Carter Cheesman in this scoring attempt at Morrisburg Arena . . . 

Panther's Carter Cheesman . . .
Panther's Carter Cheesman . . .

Thursday, Feb. 14th - Carter Cheesman held off a sustained South Dundas Novice B House Lions 3rd-period attack and his Panther’s scored a 4-3 Kemptville victory at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday evening. The Panther’s Jack Hinch made good on three scoring opportunities in the middle period, two of them assisted by Jack Garneau. Ty Patterson scored the fourth Kemptville goal on an unassisted play.

       The Lions initially took the lead in the game when affiliate Ethan Nelson skated through the Panther’s team and fired a wrist shot over Cheesman’s extended hand for the game’s opening goal. Kemptville came back with four unanswered markers to take the lead before vthe Lions scored again. Grayson Casselman beat Cheesman in the final two minutes of the 3rd-period after peppering the young goaltender with numerous shots. Netminder Cheesman held on as the clock wound down, turning away everything the Lions sent his way for the victory.

        The Lions next home game will be on Tuesday evening, Feb. 19th at 6:00 p.m. when the last place Brockville Braves come to town.

. . . even the hot hand of late Kane Casselman was turned away by the Panther's Cheesman . . .


This time it was the other Cassleman . . .

Lion's sniper banks 8-points in 2 games . . .

South Dundas' Brody Ortwein and Kane Casselman pounce on the rebound in this photo with Casselman banging home the goal against South Grenville's Cole Clarke . . .

 

Friday, Feb. 8th - South Dundas’ Kane Casselman just might be minor hockey’s best kept secret. This youngster’s Lions have just three games remaining in regular season action, are fighting the Kemptville B-2 Panthers for a 2nd- place finish, and obviously took the wraps off Kane Cassleman in the last two games.

        On Friday at Brockville, hosted by the last place Braves, the Lions unloaded for five 1st-period goals, added a pair in the second frame and closed the game with a single in the final 15 minutes. Kane Casselman scored the first two goals of the game and assisted on the Lion’s 5th-goal before the 1st-period closed. He added a 3rd-goal in the middle period to complete his first ever hat-trick.

        Grayson Casselman had a pair of goals in the game and singles were added by Brody Ortwein, Logan Veerman and Jeremy Barkley in the 8-1 victory.

        On Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena the Lions hosted the 7th-place South Grenville Rangers, this time scoring an identical 8-1 victory. And for those who thought this Austin Matthew’s like scorer was a fluke, Kane Casselman netted his second consecutive 4-point night, this time with a pair of goals and two assists.  

        The Lion’s scored three goals in each of the opening and closing periods and a pair in the middle frame for the win. Grayson Casselman’s hot hands added two goals and an assist, while Logan Veerman and Brody Ortwein, Declan Kelly and affiliate James McIlnee notched a single of each. Jeremy Barkley and Damon julien recorded a single assist each.

        On Tuesday evening at Morrisburg Arena the 3rd-place Novice B Lions (34 points) host the 2nd-place Kemptville B-2 Panthers (35 points) in a game at Morrisburg Arena at 7:00 p.m. that will most likely decide who finishes in 2nd-place on the season. The Lions game-in-hand is a bonus and fans are urged to come out and cheer this team on. That’s 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening.


Lions close gap defeat 1st-place Panthers . . .

Left to right, Grayson Casselman, Liam Barkley and Keagan Sadler are all smiles following Tuesday night's victory . . .
Left to right, Grayson Casselman, Liam Barkley and Keagan Sadler are all smiles following Tuesday night's victory . . .
Watching her brother play for the Lions can make even Ms. Sadler require a break during the exciting game . . .
Watching her brother play for the Lions can make even Ms. Sadler require a break during the exciting game . . .

Tuesday, Jan. 15th - The South Dundas Novice B House Lions have accomplished what no other team in their division has achieved over the current hockey season. Not only did the Lions become the first team to topple the undefeated, 1st-place Kemptville Panthers B-1 contingent, but Liam Barkley playing strong shut-out netminding in the Lion’s goal, behind a tough, stand-up defence, shutting out the Panthers in a game at Morrisburg Arena, won by Grayson Cassleman’s pair of break-away, unassisted goals. 

        The two teams had met previously in a 4-1 Lion’s loss on November 4th, a 2-2 tie on December 2nd, and a 3-1 Lion’s loss on Jan 6th. They may just run into each other again come playoff time.

      Neither team scored over the opening two periods although each had good chances. Kemptville netminder Braden Jordan was challenged in the Panther’s goal constantly over the opening period and Barkley had his share of work during the middle frame. The Lions kicked it up in the final period, while constant checking and aggressive offence led to Cassleman’s breakaways. The talented Lion’s scorer faked and went right on his first goal. On the second opportunity Jordan dropped and sprawled across the goal line  but realized too late that Casselman had faked a low shot and went up and over the netminder’s body. 

        Cassleman’s first goal gave the Lion’s the lead midway through the final period and his insurance marker was recorded with five minutes remaining in the game. The Lions were called on a single minor infraction in this game. The Panthers went penalty free.

        The move strengthened the Lion's hold on second place behind the Panthers B-1 team, three points up on the Panthers B-2 squad and seven points up on the North Dundas Demons.

        Some of the jockeying should be settled before a seven game season closing run following the coming weekend. The Lions face the 3rd-place Kemptville Panthers B-2 entry at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday afternoon in a 2:00 p.m. puck drop.  The South Dundas team then travels to Winchester on Monday, Jan. 21st at 6:00 p.m. for a game against the North Dundas Demons prior to a 10-day break, followed by a 7-game run to the regular season finish through February 23rd.

Liam Barkley shuts down the Panther's scoring ace Cooper Nichol in a 2-0 shut-out Lion's victory . . .
Liam Barkley shuts down the Panther's scoring ace Cooper Nichol in a 2-0 shut-out Lion's victory . . .

Fight for top spots heats up . . .

Saturday, Jan. 12th - As the second half of the regular season heats up the teams in the Novice B House division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League are jockeying for position and a heated battle has broken out for the top four spots. Actually, it's a continuation of a heated battle that's been gong on all season. The Kemptville Panthers B-1 and B-2 are holding 1st and 3rd-places, South Dundas sits comfortably between the two and North Dundas is within striking range of any of the top three before the regular schedule closes.

        Hockey fans can get a close-up of what's coming up this season, tonight (Tuesday) at Morrisburg Arena when the front-running Kemptville Panthers B-1 House team visits Morrisburg Arena for  game at 6:00 p.m. sharp, and on Sunday, Jan. 20th at 2:00 p.m. the Lions host the 3rd-place Kemptville Panther’s B-2 entry in the den at 2:00 p.m. Hockey season is just winding up for the big showdowns.

        On Saturday the Lions hosted the 5th-place Smiths Falls Bears in a game at Morrisburg Arena and needed only a second period of their capable high performance to score a 4-1 victory. The Bears took the game score lead in the first period when Landon Doyle slipped a low shot under Liam Barkley in the Lions cage for the 1-0 lead. Cohen McDonnell notched the assist.

        Second period action saw the Lions take the lead back when Maxime Bazinet picked off a Declan Kelly set up and beat Will Lundholm to tie the game. Prior to the period ending Grayson Casselman wired an unassisted shot over Lundholm’s glove for a Lion’s 2-1 lead.

        In the final period the Lons kept the Bears hemmed in their own end for the duration, with Lundholm playing the final defence against a possible Lion’s scoring spree. Grayson Casselman mastered Lundholm’s quickness with a pair of goals, completing an unassisted hat trick for South Dundas and topping up a 4-1 victory.

        Tonight at Morrisburg (6:00 p.m.) and Sunday at Morrisburg (2:00 p.m.) for the league’s top Novice B team action.

Grayson Casselman - 5-goal game . . .

Monday, Dec. 10th - Grayson Casselman, the most focused hockey player in South Dundas, unloaded on the South Grenville Rangers on Monday evening at Spencerville with a 5-goal performance leading his Lions Novice B House team to a 9-1 victory over their hosts. The South Dundas sharp-shooter scored four counters in the opening period and added a single in the final period.

        Casselman scored at 8:02 0f the first and added a second goal 15 seconds later, beating Rangers net-minder Cole Clarke for a 2-0 lead. Kane Casselman assisted on the second Lion's goal. Grayson returned to the ice late in the frame and accepting a pass from Maxime Bazinet, he scored his third of the night at 2:59. Peyton Armstrong stole Liam Barkley's shut out bid with two minutes remaining, then prior to the period ending Casselman put the Lions up 4-1 with 41 seconds on the clock.

        Damon Julien scored an unassisted marker in the middle period, the only goal by either team in that stanza.

        In the final period Hudson Shaver, Logan Veerman and Brody Ortwein notched singles along with Cassleman scoring his fifth on the game.

        The Lions next meet the Brockville Braves in their 5-game road swing.


Another shut-out victory for Novice B's . . .

Grayson Casselman, the Lion's slick puck handler and scorer, beats the Leeds Chargers on this attempt at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday afternoon. The South Dundas Novice B's recorded a 3-0 shut-out victory . . . 

 

 Saturday, Dec. 8th - The Novice B Lions have vacated their home Morrisburg Arena for the duration of 2018. Their next game in front of home town fans, in what is turning out to be a season-long battle for 1st-place in the league standings, doesn’t take place until Saturday, January 12th at 12:30 p.m. against the Smiths Falls Bears, the current 5th place team. 

        The Lions are in 2nd-place with 20 points. The Kemptville Panthers B-1 entry currently holds 1st-place by virtue of two games in hand. Between now and January 12th the Lions will play five away contests against last place South Grenville, 7th-place Brockville Braves, 6th-place Leeds Chargers, Smiths Falls again and 3rd-place Kemptville B-2 Panthers.

Liam Barkley's game winning dimples say There's no smile like a winning smile . . .
Liam Barkley's game winning dimples say There's no smile like a winning smile . . .

 

        South Dundas made easy work of the Leeds entry on Saturday at home when they waltzed through the opening two periods with three goals and defended the third frame in long-shot practice mode. The period was particularly entertaining with numerous long passes and breaks, strong defence  and some great goaltending at both ends of the ice. The Lions goaltender Liam Barkley scored the ‘Player of the Game’ for the outstanding performance he put in.

        Grayson Casselman dazzled his opponents and the strong contingent of fans who were on hand following this division when he buried the puck behind the Chargers Luke Laming for the opening goal of the game. Casselman’s speed stymied the Leeds defence and his high wrist shot went over Laming’s shoulder for the score.

        Brody Ortwein used his speed to recover the puck from the corner and hit Logan Veerman with a slick pass for the Lion’s second counter before the period ended. Veerman was initially stopped but nailed the rebound and fired the puck home.

        In the middle period Ortwein scored his second point of the game when he broke in on the Leeds net, was stopped, shot a second time and was stopped again. Brody then captured the loose puck and slipped it under Laming for South Dundas’ third and final goal of the game, a 3-0 victory and a shut-out for Liam Barkley.

        The Chargers were called on three minors in this one while the Lions sat out a single penalty.


Roaring Lions defeat Bears . . .

Kane Casselman and Liam Barkley shutting down the Bear's offence . . .
Kane Casselman and Liam Barkley shutting down the Bear's offence . . .
Kane Cassleman scores Lion of the Game . . .
Kane Cassleman scores Lion of the Game . . .

Saturday, Dec. 1st - Grayson Casselman led the Novice B House Lions on a Bear hunt on Saturday morning at Morrisburg Arena. Casselman was backed by a solid team performance of remarkable effort. Teammate Liam Barkley, the Lion’s netminder, recorded a shut-out. Kane Casselman’s solid defensive play and ability to initiate lead passes that resulted in near and real scoring plays earned him the Lion of the Game recognition.

       The top three positions in the league standings include the Kemptville Panthers 1, the South Dundas Lions and the Smiths Falls Bears. The Lions gave a small indication of who belonged in the elite group with a 5-0 victory over the visiting, 3rd-place Smiths Falls entry.

       Dayman Julien and Grayson Casselman worked the team's first scoring play into the Smith’s Falls Bear’s zone late in the opening period and Jeremy Barkley put the icing on the cake with the Lion’s first goal of the game.

 

       Once South Dundas solved the tight checking of the Bears, they ran all over their visitors in the second period, scoring three counters and hemming Smiths Falls in their own zone throughout the period. Cassleman scored two unassisted goals and Declan Kelly notched a single from Kane Casselman on a long breaking pass the defenseman snapped his way after breaking up a Bear's rush.

        In the final period the Lions settled into a game of keep-away more than a scoring attack, but the entertaining passing and shooting ability of this team is a pleasure to witness. We could have a finalist in this group. The Lions lead the league in ‘goals for’ (by 10), they are second in ‘goals against’ on eight wins, two losses and one tie. And they wear the Lions colors well in all aspects of the game.

        The Novice B Lions host the Leeds Chargers in their upcoming home game on Saturday, Dec. 8th at 11:30 a.m. at Morrisburg Arena.


Lions devour Braves in 5-0 shut out . . .

Noted not only for his skating ability but his dogged determination to get the puck to his team mates, the Lion's speedy winger Brody Ortwein gets tripped up on this offensive charge by the Braves Aiden Leonard on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena.

 

Saturday, Nov. 17th - South Dundas’ Novice B Lions net minder Liam Barkley scored a shut out while facing very few shots on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena. Barkley's team mates put the puck behind Cohen Bowker in the Brockville net on six occasions. Liam\s brother, Jeremy Barkley, hit the home scoring section of the game sheet three times, Grayson Casselman had a pair and several goal posts, Logan Veerman notched a single and single assists went to Keegan Sadler, Daymon Julien, and Hudson Shaver.

       The Lions took a first period lead on Barkley’s opening goal five minutes in on an unassisted play.  In the second period Grayson Casselman scored a pair around a Barkley single in a three minute charge.

        Jeremy Barkley and Logan Veerman each scored a single in the final period to top off the 6-0 victory.

        The Novice B House Lions continue to lead league standings and have the North Dundas Demons and Kemptville Panthers hot on their heels. The South Dundas goal scoring totals are well in front and their goal tending takes up second place. They currently are showing 15 points on ten wins including the game on Saturday, Nov. 17th.

        The Lions will next host the Smiths Falls Bears at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Dec. 1st at 11:30 a.m.

Demons topple Lions in nail biter . . .

Monday, Nov. 12th - There is a developing battle in the Novice B House division for league supremacy, the top of which is  currently held by the South Dundas Lions. And the North Dundas Demons are not only hot in second place, they edged the Lions in a thriller at Winchester on Monday evening by a single goal.

        The Kemptville Panthers B-1 are in 3rd-place and currently boast a 5-0-0 record. On top of that they have won games against both the Lions and the Demons and have an unbelievable 'goals against' record. The Panther’s net minder has allowed only five goals in their five regular season games.

       And speaking of goal tenders, the two Liams, Barkley for South Dundas and Hayes for the Demons, have allowed 15 'goals against' each, on nine and eight games respectively. That’s a very impressive, less than two goals per game each.

        On Monday night at Winchester the home team Demons took the lead in the opening period when Wesley Mattice beat Liam Barkely on an unassisted break for a 1-0 score. Before the period ended Hudson Shaver hit Grayson Casselman’s tape and the speedy Lion winger zapped one into the Demons twine behind Hayes to tie the game at one each.

        Mattice got the lead back for the Demons late in the middle frame when he completed a Cameron Cavanaugh play for the 2-1 lead with four minutes remaining in the frame. Casselman was called on a minor penalty with three minutes on the 2nd-period clock, giving the Demons the chance to go ahead on a power play. While defending their zone on the next wave of attack the Lions Declan Kelly intercepted a pass, raced down the ice on a break, faked to go left went up and over into the top right corner for the tying marker.

        The two teams battled back and forth throughout the third period, the Demons striking midway with the winning counter when Trent Sloan broke through the defence and beat Barkley for the 3-2 victory.

        The Lions next home game will be at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Nov. 17th at 11:30 a.m. when the 6th-place Brockville Braves come to the den. This is top dog Novice hockey at it’s best.


Lions add pair of victories . . .

The singular goal that got away on Liam Barkley in Saturday's game at Morrisburg Arena . . .
The singular goal that got away on Liam Barkley in Saturday's game at Morrisburg Arena . . .

Sunday, Nov. 11th - The South Dundas Novice B Lions pocketed a pair of victories in a home-and-home series with the Kemptville B-2 Panthers over the weekend, winning a 5-1 decision on home ice at Morrisburg Arena, then travelling to the Panther’s home and scoring a 6-1 victory on Sunday afternoon. The two wins have the Lions with six victories on the season thus far, a tie and a single loss for 1st-place. The Kemptville B-1 Panthers are in second place, three points back of the leaders. They are undefeated ths far and are the only team to have defeated South Dundas.

       Jeremy Barkley led the Lions on Saturday at home scoring a par of goals while Grayson Casselman had a goal and an assist. Hudson Shaver and Delcan Kelly each notched a single goal with Damon Julien, Logan Veerman and Hudson Shaver picking up single assists.

        On Sunday at Kemptville Brody Ortwein had a goal and a pair of assists for the Lions while Maxime Bazinet had a pair of goals. Hudson Shaver added a single goal and an assist while Logan Veerman and Jeremy Barkley scored single assists.

        The Novice B Lons are scheduled to host the Brockville Braves on Saturday, Nov. 17th at Morrisburg Arena. Game time is set for 11:30 a.m.


Panthers tame Lions in 4-1 victory . . .

Sunday, Nov. 4th - The Kemptville Panther's edged the South Dundas Lions out of 1st-place on Sunday afternoon at Kemptville when they managed to gain a 4-1 victory with their 5th straight win in as many games. The fast skating Panthers took a 1-0 1st-period lead, added a single in the middle frame and a pair in the final 15 minutes for the win.

        The Panthers are undefeated to date, have the league's lowest goals against average and have yet to be assessed a minor infraction this season. The Lions have the best goals for average in the league, rank third in goals against and have served a single minor penalty. Very impressive numbers for both squads.

        Ty Johnston opened the game scoring midway through the first period when he beat Liam Barkley playing in the Lion's net. Maxime Bazinet got that one back midway through the second frame when he returned the favor on behalf of the Lions, whistling a shot past Braden Jorden at the opposite end of the ice. Evan Barkley gave the Panthers the lead to keep late in the middle frame when he and Crue Allen combined for the go-ahead counter.

        In the final period the Lions were on their heels defending their own zone but couldn't hold off the attacking Kemptville squad on this occasion.  Zachery Davidson gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead very late in the game and the Panthers closed out the scoring with a 4th goal in the final minute when Ty Johnston beat Barkley for his second counter and the 4-1 victory.

       The Lions next home game will host the Kemptville Panthers Novice B -2 at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Nov. 10th in an 11:30 a.m. start.


Lions, Panthers & Bears hold at the top . . .

Grayson Casselman worked his stick-handling magic to score the tying goal in Saturday's Novice B House action . . .

 

Saturday, Nov. 3rd - Grayson Casselman led his teammates in a nail-biting game of Novice B House action on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena. Casselman scored the opening goal of the game and then, in a heart pounding finish, the tying goal in the final 30 seconds of fast action.

        The game ended in a 2-2 tie, leaving the Lions to remain undefeated this far in the 2018-19 schedule after six games. The Demons have won a pair of victories. and lost and tied the same number.

        Grayson Casselman scored his first goal of the cntest late in the opening period, beating Liam Hayes on a wrist shot high on the glove side after he broke around the defence on a lead pass from Hudson Shaver. Three minutes later the Demons Wyatt Williams slapped in a Carter Sadler play to tie the game, scoring after an initial stop by Lion’s net minder Liam Barkley.

        Midway through the second period the visitors took the lead when Wesley Mattice slipped a low shot past Barkley for a 2-1 score. Jonah-Drouin Geurts assisted on the Sadler counter.

        As the game went into the dying seconds the Lions pulled netminder Barkley in favor of a sixth attacker and Grayson Casselman picked off a Demons clearing pass in the North Dundas zone. Cassleman’s deft stick-handling allowed him a shot that was true and the game was tied with 27 seconds remaining.

        The Lions next home game will host the Kemptville Panthers Novice B -2 at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Nov. 10th in an 11:30 a.m. start.


Novice Lions remain undefeated . . .

The joy of scoring for your team consumes Logan Veerman (top photo) who persisted in digging for the puck and poking it past the Leeds Chargers net minder on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena . . .

Grayson Cassleman (bottom photo) adds a goal in the 3rd period . . .

Sunday, Oct. 28th - Back in early September Liam Barkley decided to try out for a goaltender’s position with the Novice level South Dundas Minor Hockey Association. As it turns out, Barkley’s decision was a great one for a number of reasons. Not only is this young athlete, with a record of .25 goals against per game, holding up the back end, his Novice B House teammates have roared over the opposition with four consecutive victories while the offence has accumulated 27 goals and the defence has allowed a very stingy four goals against. And they are holding on to 1st-place.

        On Sunday at Morrisburg Arena the Lions dumped the Leeds Chargers, unleashing seven unanswered goals, five of them in a second period charge before adding a pair in the final 10 minutes.

       Dayman Julien scored a pair and added an assist to Brenna McCooeye’s final goal of the game. Maxine Bazinet opened the Lion’s barrage in the middle period when he tied the game at one each. Julien made it 2-1 from Jeremy Barkley and Logan Veerman poked in a loose goal-mouth puck to up the score to 3-1.

        Julien returned for his second with just under two minutes remaining in the middle period on a Brody Ortwein pass and Grayson Casselman wired a wrist shot on a set-up from Bazinet to make the score 5-1.

        In the final period the Lions opened with Casselman notching his second on a beautiful shot from well out that slipped past Charger’s net minder Luke Laming and into the top left corner. 

        Neither team was called on a penalty in the game.


Novice B House makes it Thee & Oh!!!

Monday, Oct. 22nd - Dayman Julien played the lead in a scoring exercise put on by the powerhouse  South Dundas Lions Novice B team on Monday evening at Spencerville. And the back-up cast was long too. This team of sharp-shooters have now scored three consecutive victories, the season opener over the Smiths Falls Bears on a 3-1 count and the second on a 7-0 shut-out of the same South Grenville Rangers.

        Julien fired two goals and added a single assist in the opening period, then added another counter midway through the second frame. Hudson Shaver notched a pair of goals in the first period and Brody Ortwein added a single to give the Lions a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes. Brock Dowdell scored the only goal for the Rangers in the opening 15 minutes. Brenna McCooeye, Jeremy Barkley, Max Bazinet and Grayson Casselman all added assists.

        The middle frame didn’t go any better for the home team Rangers at Spencerville. Julien completed his hat trick, while Ortwein and Barkly added singles. Dowdell, for the Rangers, doubled his count to a pair when he beat Lion’s goaltender Liam Barkley to round out the score at 8-2.

        Kane Casselman and Jeremy Barkley added singles in the final frame for the Lions while Holden King came back with a single for South Grenville. The Lions served a single minor infraction over the three periods.

        The 2nd-place Novice B Lions host the 7th-place Leeds Chargers on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena with a 2:00 p.m. start.